Globus is the Nordic Culture Fund's new funding programme in 2020-2024, designed to give artists and cultural players new opportunities to seek funding for projects that extend beyond the Nordic region. Here you can read more about the fund's work with Globus. In 2020-2021, the new programme will be tested on few selected pilot projects. In 2020-2021 it is also possible to apply for Globus Opstart which supports the development of ideas and collaboration in global contexts.

With Globus, we are writing a new chapter in our history

We intend to meet artists where they are, support them with trust and with willingness to take risks, thereby making room for global perspectives on our part of the world.

The programme is a response to the ever-growing need for new ways to act informally and progressively across borders. That is why the fund is launching the new global initiative, which will expand perspectives on Nordic art and culture.

A new way of looking at funding

Unlike the fund's other programmes such as Puls, Handmade and Opstart, there is no criterion for regional co-operation in the programme. On the contrary, we aim to support projects that cannot be implemented in the Nordic region alone.


In this way, we intend to stimulate projects that use art and creativity as a catalyst for conversations with the younger generations and the new citizens of the Nordic countries; projects that will help to develop the public space, creating new communities that can rise above the languages and differences that separate us, and causing new things to arise in our common democracy


We view the global as borderless - the world as a united whole.

The international is defined by the borders between nations, so its scale is narrower than the global, as is implied by the word itself: inter-national.

Global We will create global relevance for the Nordic co-operation.

International We will participate in international networks.

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Globus Opstart

Globus as a funding programme will be launched in 2022. In 2020-2021 it is possible to apply for Globus Opstart that supports the development of ideas and new collaborations.

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Pilot projects

In its first year, the new programme will be tested on few selected pilot projects. Here we will obtain concrete project experience which can lead to a more open support programme with diverse approaches.


All of our pilot projects aim to embrace and engage with the younger generation of artists, institutions and cultural performers in order to clarify their voices. In these pilot projects, we will work with a number of different partners both inside and outside the Nordic region, which will help to secure a broader financing basis and a long-term focus.


Together with talent organisations, we will investigate what is required for young, talented artists to realise their dream projects, on the basis of global collaboration.


We will strengthen the conversation about the Nordic region as a centre of arts and culture, and create a new international network for critical thinking that will support Nordic artists and cultural practitioners on the global stage.


We will conduct democratic projects at street level and explore how artistic mobility can be facilitated within the Nordic region, as a developed region, as well as in other places in the world that do not have the same preconditions. Here, together with UNESCO and others, we will strengthen the dialogue on the diversity of cultural expressions and the diverse role of cultural policy in the world. We see this as central to paving the way for global cultural co-operation both within and outside the Nordic region.

Deadlines and response

In 2021 you can apply for Globus Opstart during:

1 February - 11 June
9 August - 5 December


In 2022 you can apply for Globus Opstart followingly:

  • 11 January - 11 June
  • 9 August - 30 November


You will get a response to your application within 20 workdays.

Submit your application here

Globus Opstart

With Globus Opstart, the Nordic Culture Fund is taking the first exploratory step towards establishing Globus as a support program in 2022. We want to investigate how artists and cultural practitioners' global collaboration takes place and can be developed between practitioners from the Nordic countries and the rest of the world.



We encourage applicants to think new in terms of idea, theme as well as networking and collaboration. And we encourage applicants with the projects to investigate and establish clear structures and project organizations, which can lead to the formation of networks with the global projects, characterized by deep relations and duration.


With Globus Opstart, we also encourage applicants to develop partnerships with “global signs”, and we welcome projects that work with both the global south and the global north. The projects can both include physical meeting or be developed using digital platforms and tools.

The projects must be clearly linked to artistic and/or cultural environments. The Nordic Culture Fund does not fund projects that focus primarily on, for example, sporting events, business development, technological development and innovation, the social area, journalism or social science.

When assessing applications:

  • Support from the fund is dependent on binding participation and contributions from artists and cultural practitioners working outside the Nordic region. The project must have a Nordic anchoring but must not be able to be developed in the Nordic region alone.

  • We look at how the project thinks new in terms of idea, theme and in relation to the establishment of networks and collaboration.


As this is a precursor to the development of Globus as a support program, the fund will also assess how the project relates to other Globus Opstart projects.

The practical

  • The processing time for Globus Opstart is 20 working days, and the project must not be commenced before you receive a response to your application. You may therefore only select dates that are at least 20 business days after today’s date. Your Globus Opstart project must be completed within one year of the start date.
  • You can apply for up to DKK 50,000. Fees may comprise 80% (though no more than DKK 30,000) of the project's total expenses.
  • There is no requirement for co-financing, but there must be a clear purpose for the project's use of support. The budget in the application must be detailed and, for example, specify travel, the travellers, visa and what materials are needed.
  • The cooperation between the participating actors must be stated in the project budget.
  • As Globus Opstart is part of the development of the fund’s global program, it is important that the applicant shares knowledge and learning with the fund during the course of the project.
  • If your Globus Opstart application is rejected, you may develop the project and re-apply one more time.
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Terms and conditions

Knowledge sharing

As Globus Opstart is part of the development of the Nordic Culture Fund’s global program, we wish that the applicant shares knowledge and learning with the fund. With this, we want to investigate how global collaboration takes place and can be developed between artists and cultural practitioners from the Nordic countries and the rest of the world.


You can contact us via email or on My Page.

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Terms for applications

According to the Nordic Culture Fund’s rules on public access to information a list of applications is in the public domain, but the applications are not.


All grants are published on the Culture Fund’s website and the annual reports.


The Fund only receives electronic applications. Your online application must be submitted via the electronic form found here. Applications submitted per. mail or e-mail are considered invalid.


The Fund reserves the right not to allocate the full amount requested.

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Terms for approved applications

You must comply with the following rules if your project has been awarded a grant:


Changes in the project:

The grant must be used for the purposes described in the application. Significant changes in your project, in relation to the application submitted, must be approved in advance by the Fund. Significant changes are those, for example, that relate to:

  • the participating countries
  • the project partners
  • the duration of the project


You should also contact the Fund if you pass formal responsibility for the project to any other party or parties, and if the project manager is replaced.


Grant payment:

You need to request the payment on My Page once you have received a positive response from us. The whole grant will be paid in a single instalment. It may take up to 10 working days before the money reaches your account.


Crediting the Nordic Culture Fund:

Be sure to credit the Nordic Culture Fund and use the fund's logo, Globus Opstart logo and #NordiskKulturfond when publicising and presenting your project. The logo and more information on how to mention the Fund can be found on the Nordic Culture Fund's web page.


Project results and final report:

Within three months from the end of the Globus Opstart project, you must account for the project’s outcomes, future perspectives and the project's economy using a report form on My Page. As part of this process, you add a declaration that you used the funds for the purpose specified in the application. The end date is the date you have given in the application.


Reimbursement requirement:

If the grant is used for purposes other than those described in the application, the Fund may reduce the amount or require that the full amount is repaid. The Fund can also claim back the grant if it hasn't received the final report in the given time.


If any money is left over, the Fund has the right to claim its share of the surplus. The Fund's share of any surplus will correspond to its share of overall project funding.


If the money is not repaid, the case will be put in the hands of a debt collection Agency.


Random spot checks:

Each year, a number of Globus Opstart recipients are selected for random spot checks – so remember to keep all your accounts!

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